Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Book Review: Magical Creatures Academy 1: Night Shifter

Title - Magical Creatures Academy 1: Night Shifter
Author - Lucia Ashta
Genre - Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Format - Kindle eBook
Published - April 1st 2019
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Rina Nelle Mont has never been a part of the paranormal world. Until now. 
Well, maybe not. The Magical Creatures Academy only accepts supernaturals, and she’s been invited to the school, but she has none of the powers she’s supposed to. Blip. Nada. Not even a spark. 

The school hasn’t made a mistake in a century, but she might be the first one. That’s just the kind of thing that would happen to her. Especially since no one has any idea what kind of creature she’ll be … assuming her powers ever decide to make an appearance. 

The Academy is the leading institution for paranormal creatures in the world. Its students are the finest of shifters, vampires, and fae. 

Speaking of fine fae … Leander Verion, prince of the elves, is off limits. Not only is he arrogant, stubborn, and totally not her style, he’s her brother’s best friend. She will not fall for him. No way. Besides, he’s not interested … is he? 

When two men who head the Shifter Alliance, a rebel faction of shapeshifters who seek to escape the control of the Enforcers—the supernatural police force—find out about Rina and her potential for a different kind of magic, they hunt her. For them, the stakes are as personal as they get. 

Whether she’s ready or not, Rina is about to find out what she’s made of… 

Night Shifter is the start of an exciting new magic-filled urban fantasy, starring a girl with lots of moxie, fine brawny shifters, BFFs with questionable morals, and pygmy trolls in need of an attitude adjustment.

Opening line
Every light in the living was on, revealing the droopiness of the well-worn furniture. 

I picked up this book based on the cover it was bright lots of colors and honestly, it captured my attention. I instantly dove right into Rina's story she's waiting for her birthday to find out if she will have mage magic, shifter magic or be just a human and when the time comes and goes they suspect that she's just human. However, a fairy shows up offering her an invitation to the prestigious Magical Creature Academy but her abilities are unknown. She ventures off with her brother when the school term starts unsure if she's really in the right place as she doesn't know what kind of creature she will become.

Her first day in class finds Rina having to choose if she's a Vampire, shifter or other and not knowing what she is she decides to choose shifter hoping she's gotten the ability from her mother and like her brother. As the school year progresses she attempts to shift but it just doesn't seem to be an option yet but hopefully, she will figure it out before it's too late. As if she doesn't have enough to deal with the school is being threatened. 

I like Rina she's an adorable character she's this sweet innocent girl who doesn't know much about the shifter world but is eager and excited to learn about it. I found her refreshing she's not perfect, but she's a total sweetheart even befriending two unlikely friends. She meets two friends right from the start and instantly the three become three peas in a pod. Willow who can shapeshifter into a tree and Jas who can shift into a skunk. However, we also have Rina's older brother Ky who has his two best friends who make an appearance throughout the book.

I've been in a reading slump for a while and this was just the book to pull me out of my funk. The characters are easy to connect with you can't help loving Rina she's just adorable. The concept is also entertaining I like the idea of a secret paranormal Academy it's a popular theme and I think the author has done a great job creating her own unique world. I love the shifters aren't your traditional shifters we have skunks, trees, mountain lions and even the headmaster is an owl. I love that the author has taken a new twist on the shifter concept and featuring other animals. The author has created a quick paced story that I found hard to put down as I was instantly sucked right into Rina's world. It was a lovely story with magical characters and an equally magical world. I can't wait to continue the series. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad this one helped you out of your slump. Just in time for COYER! I read lots of PNR/UF but I avoid a lot of YA with school age in it. Now I do get more YA in regular fantasy though. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Anne - Books of My Heart